Wildcats soccer off to 3-1 start after trip to Dutchtown

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Sports Editor

East St. John won two out of three games at the Dutchtown Bayou tournament this past weekend.

The Wildcats (3-1) captured a 5-1 win over Zachary to close its tournament on Saturday, after defeating the Catholic High JV 1-0 and falling to the Jesuit JV 2-1 earlier in the tournament.

The Jesuit loss knocked ESJ out of the tournament’s winner’s bracket on Friday.

Tremond McQuarter and Diduvaldo Atubel each scored two goals in the Zachary victory, and Joseph Perrilloux chipped in another in the Wildcats’ third win of the season.

“Our guys have played pretty well,” said East St. John Coach Paul Dupuy. “We’re not all the way there yet, especially defensively. But our inexperience hasn’t hurt us too much so far.”

Dupuy feels his team is off to a solid start with three wins in its first four games, especially considering the Wildcats contested the last three at less than full strength due to the Thanksgiving holidays.

“Right now, it’s a matter of learning to play together,” said Dupuy. “We’ll be back at full strength soon, so we can hopefully start to gel.”

McQuarter scored the game-winning — and only — goal of the contest with the Catholic JV on Saturday.

Against the Jesuit JV, Antonio Guerrera scored an early goal to put the Wildcats ahead 1-0, but the Blue Jays rallied to score two unanswered goals to take the win.

“We had our chances to score,” said Dupuy. “They have a great deal of depth, and that helped them get the goals needed to win.”